[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Against the Change

Gabriel Grilli gabrielgrilli at gmail.com
Fri Apr 26 22:31:49 UTC 2019

I am a .org registrant.

ICANN staff should not unilaterally impose URS in legacy TLDs when that
issue is precisely what is being examined by the volunteer ICANN Working
Group who has been mandated to review this issue. ICANN policy making is
supposed to be a ‘bottom up, multi-stakeholder model’.

I believe that legacy gTLDs are fundamentally different from for-profit
new gTLDs. Legacy TLDs are essentially a public trust, unlike new gTLDs
which were created, bought and paid for by private interests. Registrants
of legacy TLDs are entitled to price stability and predictability, and
should not be subject to price increases with no maximums. Unlike new
gTLDs, registrants of legacy TLDs registered their names and made their
online presence on legacy TLDs on the basis that price caps would continue
to exist.

Unrestrained price increases on the millions of .org registrants who are
not-for-profits or non-profits would be unfair to them.  Unchecked price
increases have the potential to result in hundreds of millions of dollars
being transferred from these organizations to one non-profit, the Internet
Society, with .org registrants receiving no benefit in return.  ICANN
should not allow one non-profit nearly unlimited access to the funds of
other non-profits.

ICANN appears to be entirely catering to registries by removing price
caps. ICANN should stand up for the public interest and registrants!

The following entry is from ICANN's website-

"ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants
from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable
and interoperable."

ICANN is supposed to operate for the public benefit.  I don't believe this
policy would fall under "public benefit".

It would certainly not be beneficial to domain registrants.  There are no
protections for them.

Advancements in technology should be driving the cost of operating a
registry down, yet domain prices keep going up.

There is no "public benefit" justification to these changes.  It is just a
handout to business at the expense of registrants’ rights and protections.

G Grilli

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